Pathways through participation: what creates and sustains active citizenship?: summary report: summary

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Brodie, Ellie; Hughes, Tim; Jochum, Véronique
Date of publication
1 September 2011
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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Summary report of the Pathways Through Participation research project exploring definitions and understandings of participation, reasons for the initiation, continuation and ending of participation, trends and patterns of participation, the links between different forms participation and what triggers movement between them, and implications for policy and practice. The project builds on the existing evidence base by taking a broad definition of participation, focusing on people’s experience of participation over the course of their lives, and looking at the connections between different participation activities. Among the findings summarised in this report are: significant barriers to participation are entrenched; participation is personal and must be viewed first and foremost from the perspective of the individual taking part; conflict and tension are an integral part of participation; and perceptions of participation are contradictory.

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